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Looking for ideas for storing brass neatly

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Myke_Hart, Apr 4, 2010.

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  1. Myke_Hart

    Myke_Hart Member

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    I need to figure out a way to store my brass neatly and still be able to get to it.

    I reload for 28 different calibers and it is getting hard to get to the brass I need for today’s loading session.

    Here is my current organization, brass is sorted and stored in freezer bags and stacked in large cardboard boxes.

    About 200 lbs of brass shown
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    Currently I have to remove all the top bags to get to the bottom bags and put them all back.

    The main problem is weight. Whatever I use needs to be able to handle a lot of weight.

    How are you guys handling your brass organization?

    I am looking for ideas!:D
     
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  2. bds

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    I have seen those HF poly bins but I have to admit that they are too small and too flimsy.

    I am thinking more larger scale. Something that can hold several of the 1 and 2 gallon freezer bags.

    It appears others do make a larger scale.

    Quantum Storage 5-Shelf Wire Rack with 12 Bins $329.99
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    Looking into this now.

    Keep those Ideas coming.
     
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    On the cheaper route, there are some Tupperware or Rubbermaid bins that are built to stack neatly. Check your local hardware store or Wally World.

    Different sizes, and would fit on a shelf you already have if that's a plus. If nothing else, a dozen probably wouldn't cost you $330.
     
  6. Myke_Hart

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    Looks like this Quantum company makes all kinds of configurations sold thru Target and Northern tools.

    The shelves are rated for 800lbs a shelf so that will work.

    Anybody know where I can get the Akro bins they are using in the quantum stuff?

    If I can find the akro bins I can buy the bread racks locally.

    Here are some quantum configurations I could use. I need those bins.

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    I really like the second blue one but any of these would work for me. I am going to need 2 or 3 racks.
     
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  7. Grumulkin

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    I use various plastic jars. You can see through them and the lids stay on securely. The labels are easily removed with water and/or gun cleaning solvents.
     
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    I use empty plastic coffee containers (large ones) and 5 gallon plastic buckets they are stackable.
     
  10. Myke_Hart

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    Oh, I really like these on the Grainger site.

    I wonder if they come in clear?

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    Shipping Container, Volume 2.28 Cubic Feet, Nesting Ratio 4:1, Size 17 Gallons, Outside Height 17 Inches, Outside Length 21 1/2 Inches

    The Akro mills website has these. They might be too flimsy though.

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    12 gallon. Ideal for all household storage needs. Clear bottom allows instant identification of contents. Lids are attached with full-length steel hinge pins for durability. Ergonomic handles make carrying easy, even under a full load. Unique rib design prevents jamming when nested on store shelves. Nesting feature makes it easy to safely store any household item. Also nests to take up less storage space.
     
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    Very wierd, it appears that grainger site shows the same quantum shelves are made by akro mills. Same simular price too.
     
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    Dang those buckets are cheap.

    I think I will stay with the square shipping containers or Akro bins and bread racks. If I can find them in clear I will get them. Heading out to the store today...

    Uh, wait, are the stores open today? Easter!

    I do credit you, (bds) for the idea.

    Thanks!

    I will post pictures before and after. I have about 500lbs of brass, who knows in shotshell hulls. It needs to be pretty, cause we are trying to sell the house.

    Trying to clean up my mess.:eek:
     
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    Graingers prices are ridiculous, but they always have good inventory.
     
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    I have a sturdy rack of shelves and I use the clear tupperware-like containers with a white top. The 8"x14" containers cost $1.99 at the loacal do-it-yourself supply center. They look nice and at that price I have zero complaints.
     
  16. HOWARD J

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    I use freezer bags if they are not reloaded
    When they are reloaded---50 round boxes, tupperware containers, original boxes,etc

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    I've found that these coffee "cans," which are plastic, are terrific:

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    I can store upwards of 600 .45 ACP cases in one, they're stackable, and they seal, which means the brass is protected from the air.

    I also use plastic "shoeboxes" that I bought from the Dollar Tree (everything's a dollar!). There is a clear version so I can see what's in them, they stack, and they're compact.

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    I usually store brass in the shoeboxes in ziploc bags, as they're not air tight. But I've got one full of prepped .223 cases ready to reload.

    I also have a ton of these, which are 24oz, and two smaller sizes as well, including one which is about 12 oz and has a small screw-on lid:

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    They cost $1 for two, there are several sizes, and I find them invaluable for storing small amounts of brass and segregating by headstamp.

    If you have a dollar store in your area, you might stop in just to see what they have in plasticware. It's cheap and you might get some other ideas that apply to your situation.

    In my case, I need something that stacks on normal shelves and these things are great.
     
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    Lots of good ideas here, Akro bin space would be a problem for my area. Been very happy with vacuum heat sealing brass and inserting a descriptive label. Bags are much heavier than zip locks and won't break open if dropped. Been storing them in tool box drawers.

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    I use plastic coffee cans as well. Purchased a Brother Label maker to make labels The cans will hold up to 500 45 colt cases at a time. The other option is plastic cartridge case made by MTM,midway etc. Hold 100 at a time and are quite stackable
     
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    @Rembrandt

    You're gonna need a BIG DILLION---LOL
     
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    Plastic coffee cans is what I use too. They work brilliantly and cost nothing after the coffee is used up.
     
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    A couple 5 gal. square kitty litter pails will hold all my 45 cal cases. And they stack.
     
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    Same as above, Use the kitty litter pails and store them in the garage. Tumble again before loading.
     
  24. Rollis R. Karvellis

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    Sam's Club sell a set of shelf's call Georella Shelf which is very nice and extremly strong. they go for about $70.00.
     
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    Dont have any pictures, But I use old cookie tins giving to me. Little piece of duct tape on the lid to mark whats in them.
     
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